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Sometimes, those last minute, spur of the moment decisions can turn out to be a huge win cant they. You decide right at the last moment to do something, and it ends up being a great time. This happened to us last weekend.
Id been invited to attend the Next bloggers event in London, which I was really looking forward to. The day before, my husband found that he had to travel into London for a meeting the same day as my event. Now, as lots of you know, we haven’t been able to get out and about together too much lately, so it seemed that the Gods were shining on us. Nik and I could meet up after the event, and hit the town for some dinner and drinks. On the morning of the London trip, we decided to throw caution to the wind, and book a hotel so we could relax, not worry about last trains and fully embrace the opportunity to be out.
Our usual go to hotel in London is The Grange City, as its a great location and beautiful. As this was an impromptu stay, we decided to try somewhere new. The CitizenM Tower Hill was a recently completed, new hotel from the Dutch chain, and Id always fancied the New York one, so we booked. Located above Tower Hill underground station, the location was perfect for the areas we were going to in London.
If you are not familiar with the CitizenM chain, they pride themselves on challenging the perception of what a city hotel should be. They have a “Living room” concept in their designs, and since 2008, have been creating hotels with seriously stylish interiors.
From the very first impressions of the hotel, its different from the normal. Lets take check in for example, you go to a bank of computer screens, put in your booking name and voila, your booking comes up and you press check in! Done! You place a key card from the supply next to the computer on the reader, it doses its thang, and your good to go. Check in done in less that 3 minutes. (Don’t worry if the idea of this scares you, there is always a staff member, or “citizen” as they are called here, on hand to help)
The entire design of the hotel is as expected, stylish, with attention to detail fabulously on point. Not surprising as it was the brain child of fashion designer.
The designer wanted the feel of the hotel to be like front rooms and lounge areas, all adding to the relaxed vibe. The shelves are adorned with books, all available to be taken from the shelf and read, (obviously, you return the when leaving), lots of iconic London paraphernalia, and everything celebrating Britain. The customer areas are a riot of colour, and the whole place has an incredibly happy, cheerful feel, but very relaxed. Along with the gorgeous lounge areas with their contemporary Vitra furniture, you have a whole bank of iMac computers with Wifi if you need to catch up on some work, (or catch up on your social media), available for guests use.
If large, spacious, suite style rooms are your thing, you may be best popping along to the Four Seasons across the road. If quirky, fun, interactive but very comfortable rooms are for you….Bingo! The rooms are small, but the bed is HUGE. The beds are the entire width of the room, and are placed at the wall to wall windows each room has. Our room view was incredible, with our view looking straight onto the Tower Of London. The hotel really does boast some of the best views of London hotels, with many iconic London buildings being in full view of the hotel rooms. Everything in the room is controlled by an iPad. The lights can be changed to suit the colour your feeling, the blinds at the window can be electronically put up and down, and the TV has a ton of free films you can watch. Of course, you also have books in the room to read if thats your fancy. Both myself and my husband were also amazed at how quiet the rooms were. You heard nothing from neighbouring rooms or corridors. Bliss!
The showers in the rooms are totally worthy of note. You have mood lighting, rainfall options for your shower head and AM and PM shower gels. I loved the showers here, the rainfall option really did feel like huge, fat raindrops coming down, but lovely and hot! Every detail in the rooms has been thought about to be boutique, space efficient but ultra stylish.
So, there are two bars available for use at CitizenM Tower Hill. You have the bar in the main area downstairs, serving all manor of drinks and hot beverages. The bar staff are again, so friendly and efficient. There is a relaxed feel to the bar, and the bar stools surrounding it are a great place to people watch and relax.
You then have the amazing roof top bar! This bar is a must visit, not only because it appears on the “Best Roof Top Bars in London” list. Located on the 7th floor, and for hotel guests only, you go through a door, (replicated to be the door of number 10 Downing Street) and enter the bar with the most spectacular views across London. Like the rest of the hotel, the bar has a really cool, relaxed feel with little booths in “the Library” up on the galleried area, or relaxed seating looking straight out the windows. I have been to lots of the London rooftop bars our capital city has, and this is one of the best for its views. Amazing.
We absolutely loved this hotel, and would stay again. Its not plush and luxurious, which is what we would normally go for, but it had so many other things to offer. We didn’t eat at the hotel, so I cant comment on the food, although we did grab coffees to go from the coffee bar at the very front of the hotel, which was good coffee! They also do all manor of teas, from rose to jasmine, and the staff are very helpful in helping you decide what tea is for you. I would say that the hotel is great for a short stay in London, and location wise, fabulous for hopping on the tube to get to anywhere you want.Priced from just £125 a night, it so reasonably priced for London! We said we would love to come back in the summer when the outside areas can also be used. An amazing place to stay, and having now seen a CitizenM hotel up close and personal, it most certainly didn’t disappoint. Loved it!
You can book a room, or find out more information about CitizenM Tower Hill here.